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Living New Deal Project

In the depths of the Great Depression, President Franklin D. Roosevelt promised the American people a “New Deal.” Over the decade 1933-43, a constellation of federally sponsored programs put millions of jobless Americans back to work and helped to revive a moribund economy. The result was a rich landscape of public works across the nation, often of outstanding beauty, utility and craftsmanship. No city, town, or rural area was untouched by the New Deal. Hundreds of thousands of roads, schools, t...



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Living New Deal Project
by Department of Defense. Department of the Army. Office of the Chief Signal Officer
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Reel 1, unemployed youths loiter on street corners, listen to revolutionist orators, and display apathy and lack of ambition. Pres. Roosevelt signs the CCC bill. Recruits arrive at Army processing centers: billets are assigned, mess is served, and clothing is issued. Recruits leave for the processing centers, arrive at Army camps, and pitch tents and construct buildings. Roosevelt visits a camp. Reel 2, recruits fall in for reveille; eat breakfast; construct roads, bridges, and culverts; clear...
Topics: Civilians, Drainage, Floods, Forests and forestry, Highway construction, Motion pictures, Roosevelt...
Living New Deal Project
by Federal Works Agency. Work Projects Administration
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On Works Progress Administration (WPA) projects in New York City. Shows warehouses and streets under construction in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Wharves are repaired, sewer pipe laid, and street car tracks removed. Buildings are razed along East River Drive. The New York Public Library is reroofed. Relief maps of the city are made. A stained glass window is placed in the West Point Academy dining hall. Children receive instruction in handicraft. Retarded readers receive instruction. Shows nursery...
Topics: Buildings, Department of Defense. Department of the Army. U.S. Military Academy. (09/18/1947 - ),...
Living New Deal Project
by American Documentary Films Inc.
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1939, 43 mins. Visionary documentary that contrasts the conditions of life in small towns and in the industrialized cities, starting with a brief portrait of pre-industrial United States, then moving into the modern chaotic, industrial and commercial city to reflect on the effects of this environment on family life and the raising of children, and finally proposing a return to a simpler life, in an idyllic "new city" in Maryland, constructed as a New Deal project, to promote proper...
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Topics: city, New york world's fair 1939 1940, world's fair, alienation, nature, city country contrast,...
Living New Deal Project
by Federal Works Agency. Work Projects Administration
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On Works Progress Administration (WPA) projects in West Virginia. The Tri-County Airport at Clarksburg is graded. Streets in Morgantown are repaired. Shows remodeled buildings at Marshall College in Huntington, WPA sewing room activities, and nursery school scenes. County roads are graded and resurfaced near Helvetia. Shows mountain scenes, a fish hatchery at Ridge, and a new bridge at Charleston. Flood waters rage in 1936. Shows a new bridge at Petersburg and rebuilt flood walls and dikes....
Topics: Agriculture, Cooperative, Airports, Bridges, Fishes, Flood control, Floods, Highway construction,...
Living New Deal Project
by Federal Works Agency. Work Projects Administration
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Diagrams and time-lapse photography are used to show the life cycle of the pea plant. The seed sprouts, roots grow downward, and the stem upward, tentacles coil around a string for support, and the pea flower opens. Describes the fertilization of the egg cells, division of the seed, growth of the pod, and liberation of the seeds. National Archives Identifier: 12353 Local Identifier: 69.39 * Creator(s): Federal Works Agency. Work Projects Administration. (07/01/1939 - 06/30/1943) (Most Recent) *...
Topics: Botany, Motion pictures, Living New Deal, pea plant
Living New Deal Project
by Civilian Conservation Corps. Division of Planning and Public Relations
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Shows, without subtitles, various activities of CCC boys at a camp. The men leave the camp and then clear brush, fell trees, build roads, and plant trees. The men eat in the field and run a fire drill. Shows recreation activities at the camp (baseball, boxing, fishing, and swimming). Shows retreat ceremonies as the flag is lowered. National Archives Identifier: 7467 Local Identifier: 35.3 Creator(s): Civilian Conservation Corps. Division of Planning and Public Relations. (1937 - 07/01/1939)...
Topics: Civilians, Clearing of land, Highway construction, Motion pictures, Reforestation, Sports, Living...
Living New Deal Project
by Federal Works Agency. Work Projects Administration
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On Works Progress Administration (WPA) projects in Ohio. Shows airports at Cleveland and Dayton under construction, remodeled orphanage buildings in Defiance, and dairy farm scenes. Flood waters rage in 1936. WPA units construct flood-control dam and levees. Naval reservists train in the Toledo Naval Armory. County roads are graded and resurfaced. Consolidated schools, served by buses, replace one-room schoolhouses. Shows restored Fort Recovery, WPA sewing room activities, nursery school...
Topics: Airports, Armed forces officers, Dairying, Flood control, Floods, Highway construction, Military...
Living New Deal Project
by Department of the Interior. Division of Motion Pictures
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Shows the lakes and forests of Minnesota. Tourists sail boats on a lake, cook on an outdoor grill, picnic at outdoor tables, and swim and fish in lakes. National Archives Identifier: 11651 Local Identifier: 48.19 Creator(s): Department of the Interior. Division of Motion Pictures. (? - ?) (Most Recent) From: Series : Motion Picture Film Documentation of the Diverse Activities of the Department of the Interior, compiled 1916 - 1976 * Record Group 48: Records of the Office of the Secretary of the...
Topics: Boats and boating, Fishing, Forests and forestry, Lakes, Minnesota, Motion pictures, Swimming,...
Living New Deal Project
by Federal Works Agency. Work Projects Administration
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An old Spanish mission in the La Purisima State Park, California, is rebuilt by CCC units. Dust and dirt is shoveled from the mission ruins. Walls are reconstructed from adobe brick. Tile is made from clay found in the area and used for the roofing. The grounds are landscaped. National Archives Identifier: 12372 Local Identifier: 69.59 * Creator(s): Federal Works Agency. Work Projects Administration. (07/01/1939 - 06/30/1943) (Most Recent) * From: Series : Motion Picture Films, compiled 1931 -...
Topics: Archaeology, Civilians, Landscape, Motion pictures, Living New Deal
Living New Deal Project
by Department of the Interior. Division of Motion Pictures
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Reel 1, maps show the origin and history of the American Indian. Modern Indians work in Wisconsin's lumber industry, keep watch for forest fires, and clear bushes in the forest. Includes a close-up of a Delaware Indian treaty. Reel 2, Chippewa Indians make fishnets. Indians work on roads with tractors, picks, and shovels, stand in line at a field kitchen, engage in native handicrafts, and spear salmon on the Columbia River. Pima Indians farm. Shows an Indian Emergency Conservation camp. Indian...
Topics: Canning and preserving, Church buildings, Civilians, Colombia, Fishing, Highway construction,...
Living New Deal Project
by Department of the Interior. Division of Motion Pictures
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Shows CCC men at work in the State Park at Big Sur, California. CCC men cook on an outdoor grill, dig drainage ditches, split logs, crack rocks, unload supplies at camp, cut trails through the forest, operate power shovels, rollers and tractors, and ride to and from work in trucks. Tourists visit the park. Includes views of mountains, forests, a suspension bridge across a river, and Big Sur River. National Archives Identifier: 11690 Local Identifier: 48.59 * Creator(s): Department of the...
Topics: Architecture, Big Sur (Calif.), Bridges, Civilians, Earthmoving machinery, Motion pictures, Living...
Living New Deal Project
by Federal Works Agency. Work Projects Administration
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TRAILER: Presents a series of hands engaged in activities that range from resting to important daily tasks, to dramatize the greater economic value of hands put to work by the Works Progress Administration. National Archives Identifier: 12361 Local Identifier: 69.47 Creator(s): Federal Works Agency. Work Projects Administration. (07/01/1939 - 06/30/1943) (Most Recent) From: Series : Motion Picture Films, compiled 1931 - 1937 Record Group 69: Records of the Work Projects Administration, 1922 -...
Topics: Federal Works Agency. Work Projects Administration. (07/01/1939 - 06/30/1943), Hand, Motion...
Living New Deal Project
by Federal Works Agency. Work Projects Administration
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On Works Progress Administration (WPA) projects in New York. Shows a reservoir at Albany under construction. Garments for relief families are made in WPA sewing rooms. A marionette show is presented at a Buffalo school. Shows scenes at the West Point Military Academy and the Palisades Interstate Park. Dramatizes the part played by WPA crime laboratory technicians in capturing a safecracker. Shows views of restored Fort Niagara. County roads and forest roads in the Adirondacks are constructed....
Topics: Criminal investigation, Department of Defense. Department of the Army. U.S. Military Academy....
Living New Deal Project
by Civilian Conservation Corps. Division of Planning and Public Relations
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Shows, without subtitles, various activities of CCC boys at a camp. The men leave the camp and then clear brush, fell trees, build roads, and plant trees. The men eat in the field and run a fire drill. Shows recreation activities at the camp (baseball, boxing, fishing, and swimming). Shows retreat ceremonies as the flag is lowered. National Archives Identifier: 7467 Local Identifier: 35.3 Creator(s): Civilian Conservation Corps. Division of Planning and Public Relations. (1937 - 07/01/1939)...
Topics: Civilians, Clearing of land, Highway construction, Motion pictures, Reforestation, Sports, Living...
Living New Deal Project
by Department of the Interior. Division of Motion Pictures
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This film is on Maryland's Patapsco Forest State Park. The footage shows the park's forests and streams and a close-up of Avalon Dam on the Patapsco River. Scenes show Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) men as they worked on the park's roads with picks and shovels, cleared the banks and drained swampy areas, laid out trails, drilled and broke rock, and slept in outdoor quarters. The footage includes a panoramic view of Baltimore, Maryland. National Archives Identifier: 11665 Local Identifier:...
Topics: Baltimore (Md.), Civilian Conservation Corps. (1937 - 07/01/1939), Patapsco Valley State Park...
Living New Deal Project
by Rural Electrification Administration, U.S. Dept. of Agriculture
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RURAL ELECTRIFICATION IN OHIO features three films commissioned by Rural Electrification Administration for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and created by legendary filmmakers Pare Lorentz and Joris Ivens. The landmark 1940 documentary Power and the Land tells the story of the Parkinson family, farmers in rural Ohio who electrified their farm with the help of a REA loan. Before electrification, work was done in old-fashioned, manual-labor intensive ways—water was carried by hand from the...
Topics: Pare Lorentz, rural electrification, farms, electricity, horsepower, water
Living New Deal Project
by Federal Works Agency. Work Projects Administration
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On WPA projects in Chicago. Sewer pipe is laid. Debris is cleared from the lake front. Animal skeletons are reconstructed in the Field Museum. Airport runways are lengthened and drainage ditches dug. Slum buildings are razed for a housing project. Shows scenes in parks and a zoo, auto accident scenes, cars being checked for defects, razing of unsafe grain elevators, playgrounds, and nursery school activities. National Archives Identifier: 12359 Local Identifier: 69.45 Creator(s): Federal Works...
Topics: Airports, Automobiles, Chicago (Ill.), Motion pictures, Nursery schools, Paleontology, Playgrounds,...
Living New Deal Project
by Federal Works Agency. Work Projects Administration
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On WPA projects in New Jersey. Shows the Newark airport, the city hall in Jersey City, and a recreation center at Perth Amboy built by the WPA. Shows construction on a reservoir at Atlantic City. Girls attend domestic science classes. Rock is dynamited and cabins are erected in the Palisades Interstate Park. A bypass road is graded near Perth Amboy. Boys play at Camp Hope. Oil is sprayed on stagnant water to combat mosquitoes. Shows nursery school activities. National Archives Identifier: 12360...
Topics: Atlantic City (N.J.), Buildings, Highway construction, Home economics, Motion pictures, New Jersey,...
Living New Deal Project
by Department of Agriculture. Federal Extension Service
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On the construction of brick pavements. Describes the steps in the construction of a brick highway. Shows a completed four lane brick highway. National Archives Identifier: 7412 Local Identifier: 33.531 Creator(s): Department of Agriculture. Federal Extension Service. (01/02/1954 - 04/13/1970) (Most Recent) From: Series : Motion Picture Films, compiled ca. 1915 - ca. 1959 * Record Group 33: Records of the Extension Service, 1888 - 2000 Level of Description: Item Type(s) of Archival Materials:...
Topics: Highway construction, Motion pictures, Roads, Living New Deal
Living New Deal Project
by Federal Works Agency. Work Projects Administration
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On Works Progress Administration (WPA) projects in Massachusetts. Streets in Springfield are paved and sewer pipe installed. WPA artists paint shore scenes. Shows playground activity. Ship models are built at Marblehead. Methods of preventing silicosis among granite workers are tested at Quincy. Breeches buoy rescue practice is conducted by the Coast Guard on Cape Cod. Nurses instruct mothers in the care of babies. Shows a hatchery at Gloucester, braille mapping at the Perkings Institute for...
Topics: Braille, Fishes, Lungs, Massachusetts, Motion pictures, Nursery schools, Painting, Playgrounds,...
Living New Deal Project
by Federal Works Agency. Work Projects Administration
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Horses and tractors pull rolling cages from railroad flat cars as a circus is unloaded in an unidentified town. The cages are pulled to the circus lot. Elephants assist in the erection of the main tent. Shows aerial views of the circus grounds. Horses, camels, elephants, and a steam calliope appear in a formal street parade. National Archives Identifier: 12379 Local Identifier: 69.66 * Creator(s): Federal Works Agency. Work Projects Administration. (07/01/1939 - 06/30/1943) (Most Recent) *...
Topics: Camels, Circus, Elephants, Horses, Motion pictures, Living New Deal
Living New Deal Project
by Department of the Interior. Division of Motion Pictures
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On California's State parks. Reel 1 shows forests, streams, waterfalls, brush, and mountains in Redwood, Humboldt, Calaveras, and Tamalpais State Parks. CCC men clear undergrowth, cut and process lumber, dig culverts, build bridges, and work on roads and trails with bulldozers and tractors. Reel 2 shows views of Prairie Creek and Big Sur State Parks, including views of the San Jacinto mountain range. CCC men work and relax in the parks. Reel 3 shows Cuyamaca Ranch State Park. CCC men construct...
Topics: Architecture, Big Sur (Calif.), Civilians, Earthmoving machinery, Motion pictures, Mountains,...
Living New Deal Project
by Office for Emergency Management. War Manpower Commission. Bureau of Training. National Youth Administration
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The NYA trains girls to sew, to make military and civil defense posters and signs, to prepare food, and to assist in hospital work (feeding and massaging patients, sterilizing instruments, making x-ray pictures, etc.). Women learn to operate machine tools (drill presses, lathes, etc) in an airplane plant, to weld sheet metal, to solder and drill radio parts, and to inspect finished work. Eleanor Roosevelt introduces and narrates the film. National Archives Identifier: 37236 Local Identifier:...
Topics: Machine-tools, Motion pictures, Nurses, Roosevelt Eleanor 1884-1962, Welding, Women, Work, World...
Living New Deal Project
by Department of the Interior. Division of Motion Pictures
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Shows the Colorado River, electric power transmission lines, and a steel plant in operation. A train brings materials, fuel, and workmen to Boulder City to build Boulder Dam. Close-ups are shown of buckets on cable cars dumping cement into the coffer dam. Includes views of the power lines and towers at the dam site, the switches to control the power, and the completed dam; and the farms, homes, and orchards made possible by power and water from the dam. National Archives Identifier: 11674 Local...
Topics: Boulder City (Nev.), Building, Colorado River (Colo.-Mexico), Dams, Irrigation, Military bases,...
Living New Deal Project
by Federal Works Agency. Work Projects Administration
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On flood relief operations of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) in Pennsylvania. Flood-damaged goods are shoveled out of stores in Sharpsburg. Debris and mud are cleaned from streets and dumped in the Allegheny River. Safety instructions are posted on telephone poles in McKees Rocks. Water is distributed by gasoline trucks. Salvation Army units dispense food to WPA workers. Flood-battered furniture is removed from New Kensington homes. Flood waters stand in Johnstown streets. An inclined...
Topics: Floods, Motion pictures, Pennsylvania, Salvation Army, Living New Deal
Living New Deal Project
by Department of the Interior. Division of Motion Pictures
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Shows Alabama's State Capitol in Montgomery, the brass star in the floor of its Senate chamber where Jefferson Davis took his oath of office, the Confederate "White House," Dexter Ave., the public square, Exchange Hotel, and Union Stockyards. CCC men dig wells in Marengo County State Park. The ROTC drills at Alabama Polytechnic Institute in Auburn. Art students draw, and tourists swim, picnic, sunbathe, cycle, and ride horses in Shiawassee State Park; CCC men pour concrete and...
Topics: Alabama Polytechnic Institute, Architecture, Auburn (Ala.), Civilians, Hotels, Marengo Lake (Ala.),...
Living New Deal Project
by Department of Agriculture. Farm Security Administration. Information Division
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The film presents the social and economic history of the Great Plains -- from the time of the settlement of the prairies, through the World War I boom, to the years of depression and drought. The first part of the film shows cattle as they grazed on grasslands, and homesteaders who hurried onto the plains and grew large wheat crops. The second part depicts the postwar decline of the wheat market, which resulted in overproduction. Footage shows farm equipment used, then abandoned. The third part...
Topics: Droughts, Dust storms, Wheat, Living New Deal
Living New Deal Project
by Federal Works Agency. Work Projects Administration
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Documentary: On the employment of Negroes in Works Progress Administration (WPA) projects. Reel 1: Contrasts scenes of Negroes waiting in breadlines with those employed in Federal work programs such as public building construction, nursery schools and land record indexing. Shows household and health care training programs and general adult education classes. Reel 2: Shows programs available for Negro artists, musicians, writers and actors. William Lawrence directs an art song group, Juanita...
Topics: Adult education, African Americans, Federal Works Agency. Work Projects Administration. (07/01/1939...
Living New Deal Project
by Federal Works Agency. Work Projects Administration
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On WPA projects in Missouri. Gravel is quarried. Streets are paved in St. Louis and county roads surfaced. The Joplin airport is graded and surfaced. Shows schools under construction. A square dance is held in the Winona community hall. Clay is dug, sampled, and made into pottery. Women learn hand weaving. Shows agricultural exhibits at the Sedalia State Fair and nursery school activities. WPA geological units survey for water, wells are dug, and water is tested for mineral content. Sewers are...
Topics: Agriculture, Airports, Dance, Highway construction, Missouri, Motion pictures, Nursery schools,...
Living New Deal Project
by Department of the Interior. Division of Motion Pictures
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Reel 1, unemployed workers stand in line at the gates of closed factories. Shows views of South Carolina's Edista State Park and Myrtle Beach State Park, and Georgia's Santo Domingo State Park. CCC men work in the park, destroy caterpillars and other pests, transplant trees, attend classes, and feed animals. Shows the home of Alexander Stevens, vice president of the Confederacy, being renovated. Reel 2 shows various views of State parks in Vermont, Massachusetts, Virginia, Louisiana, New York,...
Topics: American Civil War, 1861-1865, Animals, Civilians, Edisto Island (S.C.), Motion pictures, Myrtle...
Living New Deal Project
by Federal Works Agency. Work Projects Administration
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On construction of the Mono Debris Dam in California by Civilian Conservation Corps units. Excavations are made with steam shovels, concrete is mixed and poured, and bulldozers scrape away a hillside. Shows views of the completed dam and many scenic shots of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. National Archives Identifier: 12378 Local Identifier: 69.65 * Creator(s): Federal Works Agency. Work Projects Administration. (07/01/1939 - 06/30/1943) (Most Recent) * From: Series : Motion Picture Films,...
Topics: Civilians, Dams, Military bases, Motion pictures, Mountains, Living New Deal
Living New Deal Project
by Department of the Interior. Division of Motion Pictures
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Shows Birmingham and views of Alabama's mountains, homes, factories, mines, railways, and its State Parks, including Oak Mountain State Park, Weogufka State Park, De Soto State Park, and Cheaha State Park. CCC men in the parks crack rocks, construct lodges and roads, operate bulldozers and dump trucks, and study first aid and artificial respiration. Includes views of tourists driving into the parks, picnicking, and wading in streams. National Archives Identifier: 11699 Local Identifier: 48.68...
Topics: Architecture, Birmingham (Ala.), Cheaha Mountain, Civilians, De Soto State Park (Ala.), Motion...
Living New Deal Project
by Federal Works Agency. Work Projects Administration
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On WPA projects in Michigan. Reel 1, timber is cut and a tourist cabin floor laid near Calumet. Reel 2, Red Cross women in Detroit wrap bandages. Track for the Detroit Street Railway is installed. A storm sewer is constructed in Bay City. Shows a municipal garage at Grand Rapids under construction. Reel 3, CCC units repair a fish hatchery at Grayling (pond beds are dug, concrete sides constructed, and fish transferred). A Detroit street is widened. A WPA orchestra plays. Shows a Department of...
Topics: American Red Cross (02/12/1978 - ), Braille, Bridges, Buildings, Civilians, Fishes, Highway...
Living New Deal Project
by Federal Works Agency. Work Projects Administration
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On the care of feet and posture. Describes defects and their causes: weak arches from jumping with the knees stiff, and running flatfootedly; bad posture from poor sitting and standing habits; knock knees from standing on one foot. Illustrates preventive and remedial exercises. Students are pedographed in Beverly Hills, California schools. National Archives Identifier: 12381 Local Identifier: 69.68 * Creator(s): Federal Works Agency. Work Projects Administration. (07/01/1939 - 06/30/1943) (Most...
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Topics: Beverly Hills (Calif.), Motion pictures, Schools, Living New Deal
Living New Deal Project
by Federal Works Agency. Work Projects Administration
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Shows brief shots of rehearsal and pre-rehearsal activity: costuming, stage setting, script preparation, etc. Shows scenes from Federal Theatre productions: "Arabian Nights," "Hansel and Gretel," "Don Quixote," "The Merchant of Venice," "Seventh Heaven," etc. National Archives Identifier: 12377 Local Identifier: 69.64 * Creator(s): Federal Works Agency. Work Projects Administration. (07/01/1939 - 06/30/1943) (Most Recent) * From: Series : Motion...
Topics: Los Angeles (Calif.), Motion pictures, Theater, Living New Deal
Living New Deal Project
by Federal Works Agency. Work Projects Administration
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On Works Progress Administration (WPA) flood relief operations in the Ohio River Valley. Flood waters rage in the Upper Ohio Valley in January, 1937. Boats are used to rescue persons trapped in buildings. The Red Cross distributes food at an outdoor kitchen. The WPA distributes clothing. Nurses inoculate children for typhoid. Levees and sea walls are constructed in the Lower Ohio Valley. Harry Hopkins, Gen. Edward M. Markham, Col. F.C. Harrington, Surgeon General Thomas Parran, and Red Cross...
Topics: American Red Cross (02/12/1978 - ), Arkansas, Cincinnati (Ohio), Fires, Flood control, Floods,...
Living New Deal Project
by Department of Agriculture. Federal Extension Service
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A swimming instructor teaches a boy how to float and to swim. Illustrates, in detail, the different types of leg and arm motions used in recognized swimming styles. Emphasizes the need to build confidence in the novice swimmer. National Archives Identifier: 7415 Local Identifier: 33.546 Creator(s): Department of Agriculture. Federal Extension Service. (01/02/1954 - 04/13/1970) (Most Recent) From: Series : Motion Picture Films, compiled ca. 1915 - ca. 1959 * Record Group 33: Records of the...
Topics: Motion pictures, Swimming, Living New Deal
Living New Deal Project
by U.S. Department of the Interior
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1948, 21:10 minutes Produced by the US Dept. of the Interior Filmed by the Bonneville Power Administration Produced and Written by Stephen B. Kahn Songs by Woody Guthrie Congress had passed the Bonneville Project Act in 1937 to distribute the electricity generated at Bonneville and Grand Coulee dams on the Columbia River.  The law said publicly-created utilities had preference, or first choice, on that power; investor-owned utilities could buy any surplus. The law also provided a block of...
Topics: Bonneville Power Administration, Woody Guthrie, Columbia River, Washington, dams, power, rivers,...
Living New Deal Project
by Federal Works Agency. Work Projects Administration
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On WPA relief operations in New England. Reel 1, hurricane and tidal waves hit the Long Island coast in Dec. 1938. The hurricane and flood waters rage across New England. Derailed trains, felled trees, damaged homes, flooded streets, and other evidences of the catastrophe are shown. Coast Guard crews rescue stranded citizens. WPA and CCC units erect sandbag levees. Reel 2, WPA director Harry Hopkins arrives at Providence, R.I., to survey damage. WPA units deliver food and medical supplies by...
Topics: Civilians, Floods, Hopkins, Harry L. (Harry Lloyd) 1890-1946, Hurricanes, Long Island (N.Y.),...
Living New Deal Project
by Federal Works Agency. Work Projects Administration
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Diagrams and explains by laboratory experiments the action of molecules in gases, liquids, and solids. Shows molecular action as a bulb of bromine is broken within a partial vacuum. Diagrams the force of gas molecules on the walls of a chamber. Describes the evaporation of water and explains why liquids assume the shape of their receptacles. Microscopic studies show molecular movement in solids. National Archives Identifier: 12346 Local Identifier: 69.32 * Creator(s): Federal Works Agency. Work...
Topics: Chemistry, Gases, Living New Deal
Living New Deal Project
by Warner Brothers
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1933, 7 minutes A Songwriter falls asleep while writing a song about the NRA. He dreams that Washington, Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt appear in his room asking him why he wants to write such a song and they're reassuring him that FDR is the right way. When he starts singing his new song, he finds himself alone, but he knows that the FDR will lead the USA back on the road to prosperity. The Road Is Open Again containing a song of the same name was a short subject produced by Warner Brothers in...
Topics: NRA, New Deal, Depression, 1930s, Franklin Roosevelt, Living New Deal
Living New Deal Project
by Federal Works Agency. Work Projects Administration
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Children drink orange juice at the Lincoln Nursery School in Chicago, Illinois. Nurses examine their teeth and tonsils. The children eat, take naps, and leave a building. National Archives Identifier: 12334 Local Identifier: 69.18 Creator(s): * Federal Works Agency. Work Projects Administration. (07/01/1939 - 06/30/1943) (Most Recent) From: * Series : Motion Picture Films, compiled 1931 - 1937 * Record Group 69: Records of the Work Projects Administration, 1922 - 1944 * Item  Type(s) of...
Topics: Chicago (Ill.), Motion pictures, Nursery schools, Living New Deal
Living New Deal Project
by Office for Emergency Management. War Manpower Commission. Bureau of Training. National Youth Administration
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On the work of boys and girls in NYA centers in Rhode Island and Connecticut after the hurricane of September 1938. Reel 1, youths perform their normal work at the Kingston and Providence (R.I.) Centers and at the New Haven (Conn.) Center. Shows hurricane damage at New London and Norwich (Conn.) and at Providence. Personages: A. W. Williams, Gov. R. E. Quinn. Reel 2 shows damage at Norwich, Hartford, and New London, Conn, and at West Warwick, Charlestown, and Narragansett, R.I. Men and boys...
Topics: Floods, Hurricanes, Motion pictures, Roosevelt Eleanor 1884-1962, Work, Living New Deal
Living New Deal Project
by Department of the Interior. Division of Motion Pictures
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Shows Minnesota lakes at the head waters of the Mississippi River. CCC men work in Itasca Lake State Park and in Scenic State Park. Pageants re-create the days of the Indians and backwoodsmen with log cabins, covered wagons, stockades, and Indian wigwams. Includes views of Indians on a reservation, picnickers in a park, and a CCC camp. National Archives Identifier: 11652 Local Identifier: 48.20 Creator(s): Department of the Interior. Division of Motion Pictures. (? - ?) (Most Recent) From:...
Topics: Civilians, Indian reservations, Indians of North America, Minnesota, Mississippi, Motion pictures,...
Living New Deal Project
by Department of the Interior. Division of Motion Pictures
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On New Jersey's State parks. Reel 1 shows views of rivers, lakes, and other points of interest in Palisades Interstate Park, High Point Park, Watchung Reservation State Park. CCC men clear underbrush, cut dead limbs off trees, work on picnic grounds, and spray destructive caterpillars. Includes views of Jersey City. Reel 2 shows CCC men working on bridges and drains, painting, exercising, and engaging in other activities in South Mountain Reservation and in Parvin State Park. Includes views of...
Topics: African Americans, Architecture, Civilians, Jersey City (N.J.), Motion pictures, Music, Palisades...
Living New Deal Project
by Federal Works Agency. Work Projects Administration
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On Works Progress Administration (WPA) projects in Michigan. County roads are graded and surfaced. Shows airports at Lansing and Detroit and emergency landing fields under construction. Women learn rug making and weaving. Braille books are made and proofread. A new state police headquarters is shown. Dramatizes the use of the police radio system in establishing road blocks to capture bank robbers. WPA and Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) units battle a forest fire in the Upper Peninsula. Fire...
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Topics: Airports, Braille, Civilians, Forest fires, Highway construction, Michigan, Motion pictures,...
Living New Deal Project
by Department of the Interior. Division of Motion Pictures
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Documentary: On the Civilian Conservation Corps' restoration of Fort Frederick as a Maryland State Park. Locates Fort Frederick on the strip of Maryland between Pennsylvania and West Virginia, 15 miles from Hagerstown. Explains that during the Civil War, Indian War, and the Revolutionary War it was used to protect the railroads, canal and a road on the Virginia side of the Potomac. Men clear land and collect relics from the soil. National Archives Identifier: 11737 Local Identifier: 48.106...
Topics: Architecture, Civilians, Motion pictures, National parks and reserves, Living New Deal
Living New Deal Project
by Federal Works Agency. Work Projects Administration
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On Works Progress Administration (WPA) projects in Illinois. Shows a dam at Greenville under construction. City streets are paved with brick, and sewer pipes are laid. An airport is graded and a drainage system installed. Shows activities in a WPA sewing room. Peaches are canned in a cannery operated by the WPA and the National Youth Administration. Shows the operation of a WPA trachoma clinic. County roads are graded and resurfaced. Abraham Lincoln landmarks in New Salem are restored. Shows...
Topics: Airports, Canning and preserving, Dams, Highway construction, Illinois, Motion pictures, New Salem...
Living New Deal Project
by Federal Works Agency. Work Projects Administration
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On Federal Theatre activities in San Bernardino, California. Shows details of stage lighting, sets under construction, wardrobe fittings, and scenes in rehearsal. Scenes from the opening night presentation of the play "Habit" are shown. National Archives Identifier: 12374 Local Identifier: 69.61 * Creator(s): Federal Works Agency. Work Projects Administration. (07/01/1939 - 06/30/1943) (Most Recent) * From: Series : Motion Picture Films, compiled 1931 - 1937 * Record Group 69: Records...
Topics: Motion pictures, San Bernardino (Calif.), Theater, Living New Deal
Living New Deal Project
by Federal Works Agency. Work Projects Administration
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On Works Progress Administration flood relief activities in Wheeling, West Virginia, WPA units shovel mud from streets into trucks and wash the streets. Cellars and basements are pumped out. Lime is spread on sewage. Usable goods are sorted from debris. Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) and WPA food kitchens dispense food to refugees and relief workers. Citizens are rescued by rowboat and taken to WPA relief centers. National Archives Identifier: 12324 Local Identifier: 69.8 Creator(s): *...
Topics: Civilians, Floods, Motion pictures, West Virginia, Living New Deal
Living New Deal Project
by Department of Agriculture. Federal Extension Service
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Recruits selected to work under the Emergency Conservation Work (ECW) program arrive at Fort Washington, Virginia, and are then transported to ECW camps in various forest areas. The ECW members cut fire lanes, clear snag, erect telephone lines, thin timber areas, clear camping grounds, build fences around grazing lands, and combat erosion by building dams in gullies, terracing farm land, planting seedling trees, and filling gullies with brush. F.A. Silcox, Chief of the Forest Service, explains...
Topics: Forests and forestry, Military bases, Motion pictures, Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano),...
Living New Deal Project
by Department of the Interior. Division of Motion Pictures
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On State parks in New England. Reel 1 shows the Maine coast, Bar Harbor, and Baxter and Moose Brook State Parks; picnickers cook on a grill; CCC men work in the forests. Shows Connecticut's Acculney State Park. Oxen pull up stumps of trees. Horses pull cart loads of lumber. Reel 2 shows Connecticut's Proctor and Elmore State Parks, Virginia's Dorlim State Park, and Massachusett's Mohawk Trail and Savoy State Parks. Includes views of picnickers and hikers, sawmill operations, fishing, and road...
Topics: Bar Harbor (Me.), Baxter State Park (Me.), Civilians, Elmore State Park (Vt.), Fishing, Forests and...
Living New Deal Project
by Department of the Interior. Division of Motion Pictures
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Reel 1, scenes of palm trees, surf on a beach at St. Augustine, an old schoolhouse, old homes in St. Augustine, and old men playing checkers depict Florida's history, social atmosphere, and climate. Shows the Royal Palms State Park, Florida Botanical Garden and Arboretum, Highlands Hammock, Rex Beach Forest, and bridges and streams. CCC men work in a park. Reel 2 shows CCC men turning out for a day's work, playing volley ball and tennis, swimming, and fighting brush and forest fires, Includes...
Topics: Civilians, Fire extinction, Florida, Motion pictures, Saint Augustine (Fla.), Sports, Living New...
Living New Deal Project
by Federal Works Agency. Work Projects Administration
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On Works Progress Administration (WPA) projects in Minnesota. Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) and WPA units battle a forest fire. Shows dams under construction at Lakeland, St. Paul, etc. WPA members supervise nursery school operations. Children are given medical examinations. Shows household training classes and scenes at a children's vacation camp. Sioux and Chippewa Indians weave, embroider, and make beads. Pink granite is quarried and building construction begins. Shows WPA exhibits at...
Topics: Architecture, Building, Civilians, Dams, Fairs, Forest fires, Handicraft, Highway construction,...
Living New Deal Project
by Department of the Interior. Division of Motion Pictures.
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This film is on Maryland's Patapsco Forest State Park. The footage shows the park's forests and streams and a close-up of Avalon Dam on the Patapsco River. Scenes show Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) men as they worked on the park's roads with picks and shovels, cleared the banks and drained swampy areas, laid out trails, drilled and broke rock, and slept in outdoor quarters. The footage includes a panoramic view of Baltimore, Maryland. National Archives Identifier: 11665 Local Identifier:...
Topics: Baltimore (Md.), Civilian Conservation Corps. (1937 - 07/01/1939), Patapsco Valley State Park (Md.)
Living New Deal Project
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Assortment of New Deal film shorts put together by the Berkeley Gray Panthers for a mini-New Deal Film Festival. This particular sequence is called "Putting America to Work" FDR Inauguration WPA: Works Pays America Shock Troops of Disaster The Valley of the Tennessee Boulder Dam Jimmy Durante on the NRA
Topics: New Deal, WPA, CCC, PWA, Boulder Dam
Living New Deal Project
by Office for Emergency Management. War Manpower Commission. Bureau of Training. National Youth Administration
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On a typical day at an NYA girls center at Cherrydale Kansas. Girls arise; do calisthenics; breakfast; clean their rooms; cut patterns, design dresses, and use sewing machines; wash clothes; type; do quilting; participate in volleyball, baseball, and tennis games; cook supper; dance with each other; and go to bed. Includes a style show in which girls model clothes they have made. National Archives Identifier: 37249 Local Identifier: 119.28 Creator(s): Office for Emergency Management. War...
Topics: Girls, Motion pictures, Sewing, Work, Living New Deal
Living New Deal Project
by Department of the Interior. Division of Motion Pictures
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Farm scenes show cattle in a field, farm machinery, and men stacking hay. Various recreational areas for underprivileged children are located on a map. Children play in slum areas. CCC men do construction work in Chopwamsic Recreational Demonstration Area. City children file out of schools, board busses, debus at Chopwamsic, and hike, swim, and play. Includes brief flashes of the Lincoln Memorial and Reflecting Pool in Washington, D.C. National Archives Identifier: 11714 Local Identifier: 48.83...
Topics: Architecture, Children, Civilian Conservation Corps. (1937 - 07/01/1939), Farms, Lincoln Memorial...
Living New Deal Project
by Federal Works Agency. Work Projects Administration
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On WPA airport improvements. Runways are graded at a Newark, N.J., airport. Planes land at the Detroit City Airport. A plane is turned on a turntable at Floyd Bennett Field, New York City. Runways are graded at a Jacksonville, Fla., airport. Ditches are dug and pipes laid for a water system at Shushan Airport, New Orleans, La. A seaplane lands and taxis to a seaplane dock. Includes many aerial views of cities and countryside, and planes in flight. National Archives Identifier: 12367 Local...
Topics: Airplanes, Airports, Detroit Metro Airport, Florida, Motion pictures, New Orleans (La.), New York...
Living New Deal Project
by Department of the Interior. Division of Motion Pictures
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Scenes of azaleas in bloom, old homes, ships at docks, and bales of cotton, barrels of turpentine, and bunches of bananas being loaded on board freighters in Mobile, Ala., depict its culture and commercial activity. Shows a panorama of Gulf, Little River, and Cedar Creek State Parks in Alabama. CCC boys work in the forests and operate tractors and graders in State Parks; picnickers eat on outdoor tables. A colored CCC boy dances. National Archives Identifier: 11662 Local Identifier: 48.31...
Topics: African Americans, Architecture, Cargo ships, Cedar Creek State Park (Ala.), Civilians, Dance, Gulf...
Living New Deal Project
by Office for Emergency Management. War Manpower Commission. Bureau of Training. National Youth Administration.
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Unedited footage showing NYA restoration of this small Spanish settlement in San Antonio, Texas. Reel 1, NYA girls make Spanish poster decorations which are put up for the Christmas fiesta. Reel 2, San Antonio mayor Maury Maverick watches NYA boys excavating, leveling ground, and laying brick wall. Shows parts of the restored Alamo and the San Jose Mission. Reel 3, Apache Indians present a Matachina dance at the Christmas fiesta, stone is moved and chiseled. Doors are planed and painted. Reel...
Topics: Alamo (San Antonio, Tex.), Apache Indians, Architecture, Fireplaces, Mission San José y San Miguel...
Living New Deal Project
by Department of Agriculture, Office of Public Affairs
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8 minute film on the aridity of the Great Plains. National Archives Identifier: 1709 Local Identifier: 16-P-767 Creator(s): Department of Agriculture. Office of Public Affairs. (1990 - 1995) (Most Recent) From: Series : Public Information and Training Motion Picture and Television Productions, compiled 1990 – 1995 * Record Group 16: Records of the Office of the Secretary of Agriculture, 1794 - ca. 2003 Level of Description: Item Type(s) of Archival Materials: Moving Images This item was...
Topics: Great Plains, aridity, rainfall, humidity, Living New Deal
Living New Deal Project
by Department of Agriculture. Federal Extension Service
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Shows how forest fires can be prevented by carefully extinguishing camp fires, exercising care in smoking habits while in the woods, and maintaining strict watch over fires built in brush and wooded areas. Includes shots of Civilian Conservation Corps members fighting a forest fire. Creator(s): Department of Agriculture. Federal Extension Service. (01/02/1954 - 04/13/1970) (Most Recent) From: Series : Motion Picture Films, compiled ca. 1915 - ca. 1959 * Record Group 33: Records of the Extension...
Topics: Civilians, Fire prevention, Forest fires, Motion pictures, Living New Deal
Living New Deal Project
by Federal Works Agency. Work Projects Administration
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Harry Hopkins and other members of President Roosevelt's flood relief committee inspect flood relief activities in Pennsylvania. The committee examines temporary tent camp facilities for evacuees, the operation of soup kitchens, damage to roads, board and sand bag levees, and flooded jetties and wharves. The committee scans the banks of the Ohio River from a river steamboat. National Archives Identifier: 12323 Local Identifier: 69.7 Creator(s): * Federal Works Agency. Work Projects...
Topics: Floods, Hopkins Harry L. (Harry Lloyd) 1890-1946, Motion pictures, Pennsylvania, Living New Deal
Living New Deal Project
by Federal Works Agency. Work Projects Administration
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Shows scenes in Alaska: views of the coast on the Gulf of Alaska; panoramic shots of a small port; the train station and street scenes in Seward; scenic views along a railroad right-of-way (railroad bridge, tunnels, mountains, etc.); and timber tracts. National Archives Identifier: 12335 Local Identifier: 69.19 Creator(s): * Federal Works Agency. Work Projects Administration. (07/01/1939 - 06/30/1943) (Most Recent) From: * Series : Motion Picture Films, compiled 1931 - 1937 * Record Group 69:...
Topics: Alaska, Motion pictures, Railroads, Living New Deal
Living New Deal Project
by Department of Agriculture. Federal Extension Service
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Shows samples of badly eroded farm land in Georgia, Mississippi, and Texas, and illustrates how Civilian Conservation Corps units are combatting soil erosion. CCC members construct check dams in gullies, build wings around the gullies, plant black locust seedlings and honeysuckles along the banks, fill the gullies with hay and brush, and dynamite the edges of the gullies to level the terrain. National Archives Identifier: 7398 Local Identifier: 33.488 Creator(s): Department of Agriculture....
Topics: Erosion, Motion Pictures, Living New Deal
Living New Deal Project
by Department of the Interior. Division of Motion Pictures
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Documentary: Shows the work of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) camps on St. Croix, St. Thomas, and St. John and their beaches and palm trees. Locates Christiansted and Frediksted, the two largest cities on St. Croix. National Park Service sets up a CCC camp on the islands and employs natives for work projects; land irrigation, playground construction, tree planting. Show's tree nurseries at St. Croix's ECW Camp V-2. National Archives Identifier: 11736 Local Identifier: 48.105 Creator(s):...
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Topics: Architecture, Civilians, Department of the Interior. National Park Service. (1934 - ), Irrigation,...
Living New Deal Project
by Federal Works Agency. Work Projects Administration
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On Works Progress Administration (WPA) dam construction. Rock and sand is removed from the site of the Grand Coulee Dam. Steel reinforcement is erected for an earth dam at Fort Peck, Montana. Shows general construction scenes at Boulder Dam, and the packet boat Mark Twain on the Mississippi. Steel reinforcements for the Bonneville Dam are set in place. Concrete is poured and spread. Obstructions are removed with dynamite. National Archives Identifier: 12332 Local Identifier: 69.16 Creator(s):...
Topics: Dams, Military bases, Mississippi, Motion pictures, Living New Deal
Living New Deal Project
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Forests and Men
Topics: CCC, New Deal
Living New Deal Project
by Federal Works Agency. Work Projects Administration
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Students at Evander Childs High School, New York City, paint a mural depicting the history of western civilization. Reel 1, the materials (slaked lime, marble dust, and pigments) are prepared. Preliminary and full-size drawings and perforated tracings are made. The design is pounded through the perforations onto a recently plastered wall. Reel 2, the design lines are intensified and pigments applied and dried. Shows the finished mural. National Archives Identifier: 12368 Local Identifier: 69.55...
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Topics: Motion pictures, Mural painting and decoration, New York (N.Y.), Living New Deal
Living New Deal Project
by Department of Agriculture. Federal Extension Service
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Civilian Conservation Corps members build truck trails and auto roads, erect bridges, clear snag from wooded areas, construct telephone lines, survey and estimate forest lands, clear camping grounds and develop grazing lands in the Umpqua National Forest of Oregon. CCC units assist in flood rescue work at Kelso, Washington, and fight a forest fire near Tillamook, Oregon. National Archives Identifier: 7385 Local Identifier: 33.471 Creator(s): Department of Agriculture. Federal Extension Service....
Topics: Civilians, Floods, Forest fires, Forests and forestry, Kelso (Wash.), Motion pictures, National...
Living New Deal Project
by Department of Agriculture. Federal Extension Service
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Civilian Conservation Corps units dredge silt from the beds of trout streams, construct dams to filter debris from the streams, check stagnant ponds and creeks from flowing into the streams, and stock the streams with young trout taken from a fish hatchery. National Archives Identifier: 7409 Local Identifier: 33.520 Creator(s): Department of Agriculture. Federal Extension Service. (01/02/1954 - 04/13/1970) (Most Recent) From: * Series : Motion Picture Films, compiled ca. 1915 - ca. 1959 *...
Topics: Dams, Hydraulic engineering, Motion pictures, Living New Deal
Living New Deal Project
by Federal Works Agency. Work Projects Administration
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An impressionistic study of Washington, D.C., on a typical depression day. Includes shots of the Capitol Building, National Archives, Union Station, Arlington Cemetery, statues, British Embassy, Supreme Court, Lincoln Memorial, White House, downtown streets, and typical groups of people (shoppers, government employees, picnickers, tramps, etc.). National Archives Identifier: 12362 Local Identifier: 69.48 * Creator(s): Federal Works Agency. Work Projects Administration. (07/01/1939 - 06/30/1943)...
Topics: Arlington (Va.), Motion pictures, Washington (D.C.), Living New Deal
Living New Deal Project
by Federal Works Agency. Work Projects Administration
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On WPA-sponsored recreation projects in California. Shows bike polo in Monterey, bee keeping in Paso Robles, trout fly making in San Luis Obispo, pottery shaping in Morro Bay, children with model airplanes in San Francisco, swimming in San Diego, archery classes in Redding, girls' calisthenics in Sacramento, puppet show in Stockton, rope trick exhibition in Modesto, lawn bowling in Oakland, bicycle races in a San Jose velodrome, and a recreation parade at Fresno. National Archives Identifier:...
Topics: California, Cycling, Motion pictures, Parades, Pottery, Recreation, Sports, Living New Deal
Living New Deal Project
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Dramatizes a young doctor's training in obstetrics at the Maternity Center, Chicago. Reel 1, Dr. O'Donnell sees a mother die in childbirth and decides to study obstetrics. Reel 2 shows him working and learning at the Center. Reel 3 consists mostly of a lecture to a class of doctors at the Center on procedures for delivering babies at homes. Reel 4, O'Donnell assists in the preparation for and the delivery of a baby in a Chicago slum area home. Reel 5, postnatal precautions are taken and...
Topics: Chicago (Ill.), Housing, Motion pictures, Obstetrics, Poor, Living New Deal